January 28, 2000 - by
Noles Take On Nonconference Foe No. 11 Auburn

Jan. 28, 2000

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000
1 p.m. – Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center



The Series

Auburn holds a 6-1 series advantage over Florida State. The series’ first meeting was in 1973-74 — a 53-52 FSU win. The last meeting was in a 79-64 Auburn win in 1990-91.


FSU Probable starters

11GAngela Sutton8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
12GApril Traylor12.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.9 apg
21FBrooke Wyckoff11.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg
30FLatavia Coleman16.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
13CLevys Torres3.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg



For The Record

FLORIDA STATE
1999-2000 Record8-10, 1-7
1998-99 Record7-20
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
School Record24-48/3rd
Career Recordsame
AUBURN
1999-2000 Record15-4, 4-3 SEC
1998-99 Record20-9
HEAD COACH JOE CIAMPI
School Record483-154/21st
Career Record522-164/23rd


NEXT UP


It will be revenge time when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons come to town on Thursday, February 3rd at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on Sportsradio AM 1270.


HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU

“I had a passion and desire to build something,” Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau said upon her hiring in June of 1997.

Semrau’s philosophy in rebuilding the Florida State program has been a simple one. Semrau runs her program in such a way where players are treated as people first, students second and athletes third. She is a relationship coach who believes in initiating relationships rather than waiting for others to do so.

After two seasons at the helm of the FSU program, Semrau’s style has been embraced by all who have come in contact with her. She has won the hearts of the Florida State media, fans and most importantly, the student-athletes. Her friendliness and ease with the media have prompted the group to refer to her as the “female Bobby Bowden.” Semrau had such a large response to the first “Lunch with Sue,” last season — a Booster-sponsored biweekly luncheon on campus — that they had to move the event into a larger room for the remainder of the year. And she and her staff secured the nation’s 8th-best recruiting class according to several national publications.

From day one of her reign, Semrau emphasized a need to build consistency in every facet of the women’s basketball program from when and where the team practices, to where they hold meetings, to what time they eat dinner. With Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s basketball program had had three different head coaches in three years. The 1999-2000 season will be Semrau and her staff’s third year at FSU and their second recruiting class will be entering the picture. FSU should soon begin to reap the benefits of this consistency.

FSU saw dramatic improvements in Semrau’s first season as she led FSU to its most victories since 1992-93 (9-18) and its best ACC record and finish in five years (5-11, 7th), including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent in the 1997-98 season. While hopes were high in 1998-99, a season-ending injury to team-leader Latavia Coleman just 10 games into the year, proved to be devasting for the team, and although very competitive, things didn’t quite fall into place for Semrau and her Seminoles. Coleman is set to return for her senior season along with junior Brooke Wyckoff, who again spent her summer with USA Basketball, this time as a member of the USA World University Games team. They will serve as leaders for a young, but talented group of Seminoles.


LAST TIME OUT

Despite a 35-31 halftime lead, the Florida State Seminoles fell 73-61 to the Clemson Tigers at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Thursday night. The loss drops the Seminoles to 8-10 overall and 1-7 in the ACC, while the Tigers improve to 13-7, 4-4 in league play. Clemson’s Nuria Forns led scoring with 20 points and six assists, both career highs. FSU’s Molly Beal led her squad with 12 points on four of five from the three-point line.

After a slow start by both teams, the Seminoles opened scoring with Latavia Coleman’s jumper 2:31 into the game. The score bounced back and forth until the Noles went up by five on Brooke Wyckoff’s three pointer with 15:22 remaining, but Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd responded with two to put the Tigers within reach at 9-6. FSU’s Katelyn Vujas increased the lead to five again with her basket at 14:09, but it was not enough to get the Tribe on a run as the Tigers controlled the next three minutes of the game, putting the Noles down by one at 12-11. Coleman then regained the lead with 11:22 remaining. Neither team gathered much momentum until the Tigers took over with a six-point lead at 25-19 with 5:50 remaining and again at 27-21 just 40 seconds later. The Noles turned things around in the last five minutes of the half, going on an 8-0 run between Lakesha Springle’s trey at 4:19 and Molly Beal’s with 3:04 remaining. The Noles fouled and Amirah Leonard sunk her free throws to tie the game at 29 with 2:29 remaining. Beal responded with two more treys to put the Tribe up by six with 1:59 left in the half. The teams headed to the locker rooms with Florida State leading 35-31. Beal led all scoring with her three threes for nine first half points. The Tigers’ Forns led her squad with seven points and four assists in the half. As a team, the Seminoles shot 64 percent from the field but were edged 15-13 in rebounding.

The second half began as a battle from the first whistle, with the lead switching hands five times. The Noles’ four-point lead entering the second half was as much as they would be able to muster as the Tigers took back the lead at 54-53 with 8:59 to play on a Forns’ three-pointer. They would never trail again. FSU was outscored 20-8 in the final eight minutes. Forns was three-for-three from beyond the arc in the second half. The Tigers went up by as many as 14 points at 73-59 with 0:16 remaining. Springle’s lay-up closed the Seminole deficit to 12 to complete the scoring.

“I was pleased with our effort in the second half,” Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis said. “Our first 20 minutes left something to be desired. Our transition game was big for us in the end. It was one of our better second halves all season long. As far as FSU, I honestly and sincerely believe that they will be a team to be reckoned with down the stretch.”

The Noles shot nine of 23 in the second half, one of seven from the line. The Tigers finished the game with three players scoring in double figures. Aside from Forns, Floyd had 12 and Joanie Mungro tallied 11. FSU’s April Traylor had 10 points and six assists but committed seven turnovers. The Tigers outscored the Tribe 42-26 in the second half.
“I don’t know what to say except that Clemson’s game plan in the second half was exceptional,” Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “This wasn’t our best effort. I don’t think we are who we were tonight. Give credit to Clemson. Jim (Davis) did a great job getting his team ready.”

The Seminoles will be at home again this Sunday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. when they host the Auburn Tigers in their last non-conference game of the season. The Tigers will travel to Georgia Tech for a 7:30 tipoff on Monday, January 31.


CRASHING THE BOARDS

After outrebounding its first five ACC oppponents, FSU has been outrebounded it its last three games.


AT THE HALF

FSU is 6-3 when leading at halftime. The Seminoles were leading at Wake Forest, North Carolina and vs. Clemson before falling in the second half.


PERCENTAGE DOESN’T ALWAYS MATTER

FSU’s loss to Clemson was the first time this season that the Tribe has shot over 50 percent for a game and lost. Prior to the Clemson game, FSU was 3-0 in those games.


SWAT TEAM

As a team, FSU has recorded more than double the blocks than its opponents. The Tribe has 68 swats to its opponents’ 28. In fact, Brooke Wyckoff, individually, has almost as many blccks FSU’s opponents with a team-leading 23.


NEED TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THE BALL

The Seminoles committed 28 turnovers vs. Clemson — the most they have in all eight ACC games. FSU also committed 28 turnovers in the first game of the season vs. Tulsa.


GETTING TO THE LINE

With 51 total fouls called in the UNC game, the Tribe made it to the free throw line 32 times! Seems like a great amount, but not really for the Seminoles. FSU has made 30 or more free throw attempts seven times this season, including a season-high 36 attempts in the season-opener vs. Tulsa. FSU averages 24.3 free throw attempts per game.


WATCH YOUR BACK

The Seminoles entered the week leading the conference with a 12.5 steals per game average and in blocked shots average at 3.9 swats per game.


SHOOTING ACCURACY

Latavia Coleman, who is second in the ACC in scoring at 16.8 points per game, is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage. Coleman is shooting 51 percent from the field (3rd in ACC) overall and in ACC games.


LET’S TAKE A LOOK

With the Clemson game concluding first-round ACC action, let’s take a look at some notables through the first eight ACC games …

  • 29-point win over Ga. Tech was FSU’s second biggest by margin since joining the ACC.
  • five of seven losses have been by five points or less
  • FSU has outrebounded its opponent in five of eight league games

WYCKOFF TAKES OVER ON THE BOARDS

Brooke Wyckoff has led the team in rebounding in seven of eight ACC games. Against Maryland, she was one of three players to lead the team with seven boards. In the other six ACC games, she has led the team outright. She is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game in league action.


DOWN TO THE WIRE

In five of seven ACC losses, FSU had either been tied, down a point, or up a point around the one-minute mark of the second half.


SCORING SOME POINTS

Katelyn Vujas has scored in double figures in two of the last four games for the Seminoles. Overall, the rookie has hit the double digit plateau in five games.


ALL AROUND

Brooke Wyckoff is truly an all-around player. With the exception of one game, Wyckoff has recorded at least one assist, block, steal, rebound and point in all 13 games she’s played in. The Chicago State game was the only game that Wyckoff didn’t record a block.


SECOND BIGGEST ACC WIN

The Tribe’s 29-point win over the Yellow Jackets was its second biggest win, by margin, over an ACC opponent. FSU defeated Georgia Tech by 35 points, 88-53, in Coach Semrau’s first season, 1997-98.


A TEAM WIN INDEED!

It took everyone to beat the Yellow Jackets. Five Seminoles hit double figures in FSU’s win over Georgia Tech. The only other time this season that this has happened was in the Oakland game. Everyone who could, played against the Yellow Jackets and 10 of 12 Seminoles scored!


WITH THIS WIN …

FSU’s win over Georgia Tech was the team’s eighth of the season — already one more than all of last season when the Tribe finished 7-20. FSU went 9-18 in Semrau’s first season — which was the most wins the program has had since 1992-93 when the Seminoles finished 13-14. FSU’s last winning season was in 1991-92 at 17-11.


THREE’S PLEASE

FSU is becoming a three-point shooting team. After going 0-4 from beyond the arc in the Maryland game, the Seminoles were 5-for-9 from three-point land in the Georgia Tech win. Four different players hit treys in the game … including junior Lako Brown. It was her first career three pointer! FSU hit a season-high seven three’s in the UVA game. The Seminoles have hit five or more three’s in a game five times this season. Last year, FSU hit 63 three-pointers for the year. The Tribe already has 55 on the year with at least 10 games remaining.


APRIL’S GETTING ACCUSTOMED

Sophomore April Traylor is playing point guard this season — a new position for the young Seminole. But she’s catching on. Her 4.9 assists per game ranks second in the ACC. But she’s still a scoring threat. Traylor has led the team in scoring four times, including a game-high 22 points in the Tribe’s first ACC win of the season. She has scored in double figures in eight games total, including four games of 22 points or more!


GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY!

Freshman Molly Beal is starting to be a factor from beyond the arc. She hit 4-of-5 treys vs. Clemson and had a career day vs. Virginia when she went 5-for-7 from three-point land for a season-high 15 points. Beal was instrumental in FSU’s comeback vs. the Cavaliers. Beal and April Traylor combined for five straight three pointers during a three-minute stretch which helped FSU to pull to within two points.


TAY CAN PLAY

Latavia Coleman had another outstanding outing in the Tribe’s one-point loss to Maryland. The senior forward scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. For the game, she shot 83 percent (10-12) from the field and 89 percent (8-9) from the free throw line.


BRADLEY OUT 4-6 WEEKS

Freshman Lauren Bradley suffered a fracture to her right foot during the NC State game on January 6th and will be out 4-to-6 weeks. Bradley is averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.


DISHIN’ IT OUT

Sophomore April Traylor’s 4.9 assists per game leads the team and is second in the ACC. Traylor, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 ppg, recorded a career-high nine assists in the Chicago State game.


CAN’T STOP COLEMAN

Latavia Coleman came back to the court this season on a mission! She not only leads the team in scoring, but is second in the ACC. She has scored in double figures in 15 of 18 games, including a season-high 32 in the season-opener vs. Tulsa.


REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL

Florida State has added height to its roster this season and it is paying off in the rebounding department. FSU has outrebounded its opponent in 11 of 18 games, including five of eight ACC games, this season and five different players have led the team. Here’s a breakdown:

GAMEMARGINFSU LEADER
Tulsa48-36+12Col/Brad 9
USF33-36-3Bradley/Torres 7
UT-Chattanooga45-34+9Coleman 9
Oakland39-30+9Vujas 8
Mercer35-29+6Bradley 9
Florida33-48-15Coleman
Loyola52-28+24Col/Brad/Vuj 8
Chicago State48-33+15Torres 9
St. John’s45-47-2Coleman 11
FIU38-44-6Torres 8
Wake Forest47-36+9Wyckoff 11
NC State33-30+3Wyckoff 10
Virginia34-28+6Wyckoff 10
Maryland39-37+2Wyc/Col/Torr 7
Ga. Tech41-32+9Wyckoff 8
UNC28-38-10Wyckoff 7
Duke35-38– 3Wyckoff 8
Clemson21-31-10Torres 6


FSU AND FREE THROWS

The Seminoles have struggled from the free throw line this season, but are beginning to show steady improvement. The Tribe went 18-for-30 in its four-point loss to No. 3 NC State but improved with a season-high 80 percent (12-15) showing vs. UVA. They shot a season-low 55 percent (11-20) from the free throw line in the Chicago State game.


CLOSING THE GAP

Of FSU’s 14 losses to NC State since 1991-92, the January 6 four-point game was the closest margin. FSU’s three-point loss to UVA was also the closest the Tribe has ever gotten to the Cavaliers, who hold a perfect 19-0 record over the Seminoles.


IN THE LEAGUE

Here’s where FSU players rank in ACC stats…

Latavia Coleman2nd, 16.8 ppg
3rd, .505 FG%
T7th, 2.3 steals pg
April Traylor10th, 12.8 ppg
2nd, 4.9 assists pg
T3rd, 2.6 steals pg
Angela SuttonT7th, 2.3 steals pg
Katelyn VujasT9th, 0.5 blocks pg


WIN STREAK

FSU’s four-game win streak was the program’s longest win streak since the 1991-92 season. That year, FSU defeated Northern Illinois, FAMU, Florida Atlantic and Oral Roberts before ending the season with a loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles finished 17-11 in 1991-92 – which also marks the last time FSU had a winning season.


REVENGE TIME

Florida State’s win over Florida International not only snapped a two-game losing streak to the Golden Panthers, but the Sun & Fun tournament title also gave the Seminoles some sweet revenge. FIU won FSU’s tournament in both 1997-98 and 1998-99.


CLASSIC HONORS

Latavia Coleman, who averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds through the two games at the FIU Sun & Fun Classic, earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors while Brooke Wyckoff was named to the All-Tournament Team with averages of 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.


COLEMAN EARNS SECOND ACC HONOR

Latavia Coleman’s MVP performance at the FIU Sun & Fun Classic earned the senior her second ACC Player of the Week honor this season. She averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and had her first double-double of the season.


DOUBLE TROUBLE

Latavia Coleman recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. John’s. Brooke Wyckoff earned her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards vs. NC State and had another with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Virginia.


OUR KIND OF TOWN — CHICAGO IS!

The Seminoles won their two games in Chicago by a margin of 23 points and outrebounded their opponents by an average of 19.5 boards. Everyone, who was able, saw action in both games.


VUJAS HAD RAMBLERS’ NUMBER

Freshman Katelyn Vujas had her best game of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds vs. Loyola. The rookie center shot 82 percent from the field on 9-11 and her eight boards tied for team honors. Vujas made the start vs. Chicago State in place of Lauren Bradley, who was ill, and again scored in double figures with 12 points.


CENTURY MARK

Florida State’s 102 points vs. Loyola was the first time the Tribe has reached the century mark this season and 21st time in the program’s history. FSU did it last year in its 112-101 overtime loss to North Carolina. The Seminoles nearly reached the plateau earlier this season with 99 points vs. Oakland.


SEASON SUPERLATIVES ALL IN ONE GAME!

FSU shot a season-high 59 percent vs. Loyola and had its largest margin of victory this season at 32 points. The Tribe outrebounded the Ramblers by 24 — also a season-high.


TORRES TEARS IT UP

Junior newcomer Levys Torres grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to lead all FSU players vs. Chicago State. Torres played 21 minutes off of the bench and added five points to her effort.


FROM BEYOND THE ARC

Sophomore April Traylor hit a career-high four three-pointers against Florida as the Tribe (5-16) outshot the Lady Gators (4-7) from three point land.


SECOND HALF TEAM?

Against Oakland, Mercer, Loyola and St. John’s, FSU had amazing shooting performances in the second half. FSU shot 63 percent against Loyola (24-38) and Mercer (20-32) while against Oakland, the Seminoles shot 62 percent on 23-for-37. In the St. John’s game, FSU went 12-of-20 for 60 percent. The Tribe also committed a season-low 13 turnovers against Oakland.


THE SUTTON-TRAYLOR SHOW

The guard duo of Angela Sutton and April Traylor put on a show in the second half of the Mercer game. The two combined for 25 of FSU’s 49 second half points and went 10-16 from the field.


SEMINOLES FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Florida State has three players on its roster from the state of Florida. Vanessa Fuchs hails from Pompano Beach, freshman Shinikki Whiting, the 1999 Miss Florida Basketball and state Class 5A player of the year is from Clearwater and freshman Lauren Bradley, the state Class 6A player of the year and runner up to Whiting for Miss Florida Basketball, is from Lake Mary. Each have started this season.


THE STARTING LINE-UP

Florida State has had eight different starting lineups so far this season, but the same five have started the past six games.

TulsaTraylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
USFTraylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
UT-Chatt.Traylor-Sutton-Whiting-Bradley-Coleman
OaklandSpringle-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
MercerTraylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Torres-Coleman
FloridaTraylor-Sutton-Fuchs-Bradley-Coleman
LoyolaTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Chicago St.Traylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Vujas-Coleman
St. John’sTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff- Bradley-Coleman
FIUTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
Wake ForestTraylor-Fuchs-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
NC StateTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Bradley-Coleman
VirginiaTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
MarylandTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
Ga. TechTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
UNCTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
DukeTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman
ClemsonTraylor-Sutton-Wyckoff-Torres-Coleman


SUTTON HAS CAREER HIGH

Sophomore Angela Sutton was unstoppable in the second half of the Oakland game. The guard scored 15 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. She added five rebounds, five steals and three assists to her effort.


WHITING WOWS ‘EM

After starting the first two games of the season, Shinikki Whiting came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points and helped the Seminoles overcome a 17-point deficit to defeat Oakland, 99-90. Whiting also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.


SPRINGLE SPRINGS IT ON ‘EM

Sophomore guard Lakesha Springle not only scored a career-high 16 points against Oakland, but the total was the first time in her career that she has scored in double digits and she doubled her previous high of eight points vs. USF last year.


COLEMAN EARNS SEASON’S FIRST ACC HONOR

Latavia Coleman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, November 22, after leading the Seminoles to victory in their season-opener.

Coleman scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in FSU’s 77-70 win over visiting Tulsa. Coleman shot 80 percent from the field on 12-of-15 shooting, 62 percent from the free throw line on 8-of-13 and added a block and a steal to her nine rebounds in 33 minutes.


30-POINT CLUB AGAIN

Latavia Coleman ‘s 32 points vs. Tulsa makes it the third time the forward has earned 30-Point Club honors. Coleman did it twice last season with 30 vs. No. 3 La. Tech and a career-high 38 vs. No. 8 North Carolina.


RADIO SCHEDULE FEATURES 10 GAMES


Season-opener with Tulsa gets things rolling on WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM

WNLS Sportsradio 1270 AM will carry 10 Florida State women’s basketball regular-season games for the 1999-2000 season, beginning with the home opener vs. Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 19th at 7 p.m.

Newcomer Todd Van Dyke will provide the play-by-play for Florida State while former Seminole Liberty Taylor will serve as color analyst for the second straight season.

The remaining radio schedule is as follows:

Feb. 3Wake Forest7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17at Georgia Tech7:00 p.m.
Feb. 24at Duke7:00 p.m.


ON THE TUBE

Florida State will have seven regular-season games televised this season.
The Talent:

SUN –Tom Block and Debbie Antonelli
RSN –Dave Johnson and Debbie Antonelli (Sunday games)
Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli (Monday games)

The remaining schedule:

Feb. 13MARYLAND (RSN)12:30 p.m.
Feb. 22NORTH CAROLINA (SUN)7:00 p.m.


ACC PRESEASON POLL

1. North Carolina320
2. NC State302
3. Virginia260
4. Duke208
5. Georgia Tech192
6. Clemson166
7. FLORIDA STATE110
8. Maryland88
9. Wake Forest64



SCORING MARGIN

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The Seminoles Record When…

At home:3-6
On the road:4-4
Neutral sites:1-0
vs. ACC:1-7
Non-Conference:7-3
Home ACC:1-4
Road ACC:0-3
Shooting 50% or better:3-1
Shooting below 50%:5-9
Opponent shoots 50% or better:1-3
Opponent shoots below 50%:7-6
Outrebound opponent:6-5
Outrebounded:2-5
Rebounds are tied:0-0
vs. Top 25 opponents:0-0
vs. Top 10 opponents:0-2
Leading at halftime:6-3
Trailing at halftime:1-6
Tied at halftime:1-1
In overtime:0-0
Playing during the day:2-1
Playing at night:6-9
November:3-2
December:2-1
January:1-7
February:0-0
Monday:0-3
Tuesday:2-1
Wednesday:1-1
Thursday:2-2
Friday:1-1
Saturday:1-0
Sunday:2-1
On Television:1-4
On Radio:4-7
Longest winning streak:4
Longest losing streak:4
Largest margin of victory:32
Largest margin of defeat:10




SUPERLATIVES
Double-Double
Latavia Coleman
13 pts, 11 rbs vs. St. John’s
Brooke Wyckoff
12 pts, 10 rbs vs. NC State
18 pts, 10 rbs vs. Virginia

30 or more points
Latavia Coleman
32 vs. Tulsa

20 or more points
April Traylor
28 vs. UT Chattanooga
22 vs. Florida
23 vs. NC State
22 vs. Georgia Tech

Latavia Coleman
21 vs. South Florida
26 vs. Florida
20 vs. Loyola
28 vs. Maryland
20 vs. North Carolina

Shinikki Whiting
21 vs. Oakland

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